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Bo & Luke - Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse

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354 Ratings
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Ratings: 354
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 10.98%


Brewed by:
Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse visit their website
Kentucky, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  14.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Originally an Against the Grain Brewery and Brouwerij De Molen collaboration beer. For the first incarnation, De Molen head brewer Menno Oliver hopped in a muscle car and drove straight through from the Netherlands to Louisville, KY (that's USA folks) to brew this bourbon inspired ale, and we liked it so much, we decided to do it again. We took the ingredients in bourbon whiskey (Barley, Rye, Corn) and then smoked them with cherry wood and brewed a huge imperial stout with them. Then to top it off we aged it in Pappy VanWinkle Bourbon Barrels. The resulting beer is rich, smokey and complex, with a bourbon character of caramel, vanilla and spice.

(Beer added by: TMoney2591 on 10-08-2012)
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Ri0

Wisconsin

4.76/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Growler from the brewery shipped to me courtesy of Harold. Thank you!
poured 12-14oz into a snifter.

A - Obsidian with a 1.5 finger tan head. A thin ring remains after the head fades. Small spots of lacing trail behind as the liquid slides down the glass. Nice looking for a BB beer.

S - Tons of chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, caramel, marshmallow, and just a hint of light smoke. Smell is not bourbon dominated, but rich and decadent.

T - Huge sweetness from this beer, in a complementary way to the bourbon and smoke. Chocolate, caramel, vanilla, bourbon, and marshmallow lead the way. Faint wood and smoke linger around at the end. How is this 14%? The alcohol is so hidden, I best be careful.

M - Silky smooth, rich and creamy. Nice carbonation for the BB style.

O - I should be sipping this much slower than I am. It is a really nice BB stout that more people need to experience. I fell very lucky to have had the pleasure of drinking it.

Serving type: growler

12-23-2013 00:49:19 | More by Ri0
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ltjska04

Kentucky

4.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Filled from the growler station at Party Town in Florence, KY into a pint-sized mason jar. This is an imperial smoked stout aged in Pappy van Winkel 23 year and named after some good ol' boys, so why not drink it straight from the mason jar?

This beer is dark black with little to no head or lacing. The smell is chocolate and oak up front with smoke with a bourbon tinge in the follow through. The taste has the smoke taking the lead followed by dark chocolate and roasted malt. A complex and delicious stout that is even more well-rounded thanks to the barrel aging. The bourbon is apparent but not overpowering and lends a nice complexity. After a few sips the smoke fades to the background and provides an interesting layer to an outstanding stout. The mouthfeel could be a little bit fuller and the carbonation could be a touch higher but overall this is an outstanding imperial stout.

Serving type: growler

12-09-2012 02:35:35 | More by ltjska04
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deadonhisfeet

Kentucky

4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A collaboration beer with De Molen aged in PVW barrels. As a BIG fan of ATG, I had heard of this beer and practically peed in my pants when I saw this on the growler station at Party Town in Florence, KY. Poured from a growler into a Unibroue Maudite snifter. The pour is extremely dark with no light getting through and some brown tint along the edges. Very, very little head and almost immediate dissipation (common for barrel-aged beers). Lots of vanilla, oak, and bourbon on the nose.

Very full body and nice firm mouthfeel. The taste doesn't quite follow the nose in that the bourbon smells very hot, but the flavor doesn't show it. It's actualy quite smooth and drinkable for this style. There are nice sweet malty notes up front and bitter roasted flavors at mid-palate. The bourbon isn't nearly as hot on the palate as it is on the nose. For me, the flavors are very well-married as the roasted notes are balanced by malt and vanilla sweetness. Other flavors include oak, maple syrup, figs, and a hint of smokiness. Is this stuff really 14% ABV? I find that difficult to believe. There is naught but a whiff of booze on the finish and a lingering oaky warmth.

Overall, I was really impressed by this beer. The folks at ATG have once again done themselves proud. One of these days, I'm sure they will start bottling their wonderful beers so that us Kentuckians can share them with BAs across the country. This beer is not about combining flavors of coffee, chocolate, and bourbon. It is all about the bourbon. It's kind of like BCBS only much, much smoother. I freaking loved it.

Serving type: growler

10-14-2012 17:32:31 | More by deadonhisfeet
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SanFranJake

California

4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed after about a 14 mile and 2000+' climb on my road bike with @commanderofawesome. 'Twas a somewhat cold and foggy day on Mt Tamalpias and we nededed to warm up a tad. Good thing we had this waiting.
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As you can tell, poured into unbreakable Dixie cups, so no clue as to color or lacing but suffice it to say it was black and the lacing, much like the enjoyment of this delicious RIS, stuck around a while...once I got the plastic cap off. I came prepared with my fire fighter issue Swiss Army knife which has a 4" saw blade as no civilian knife can get tho off.
The aroma and nose on this beer is amazing. Rye, some smoke an some barrel and a whole lot of goodness. As we warmed (us and the beer) this got even better...more of the rye, smoke and barrel.
Much like the ride, I enjoyed the hell out of this beer. Lots of build up and worth the effort.
Even at $28, I'd grab it again.
Just like the show of old: open, sit back and enjoy for 23 minutes. You'll love it

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2014 13:40:51 | More by SanFranJake
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Dope

Massachusetts

4.31/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

No bottle date but this was released in the last month or so.

A: First off, this is the worst waxed cap I have ever seen. It doesn't feel like wax, it's like 1/4" thick plastic. It took a few minutes to chip off enough wax to get the bottle opener on this. Beer (finally) pours a pitch black with a tall, dense medium brown head. Head fades somewhat slowly, leaving almost no lacing at all. Quite good retention, however.

S: This is a heavy one for sure. Mellow caramel from the bourbon with a decent sweet chocolate. Smoky for sure but blends nicely, not overpowering. Nice vanilla on top of everything.

T: Notable bourbon but not too much. Very mellow but thick caramel coating. Loads of vanilla. Smoked malt doesn't stand out, it's crushed under the sweetness of the vanilla and caramel and even some chocolate. It's still a nice addition and adds complexity at the same time. Decent mixture of chocolate and a little coffee overtones with that smoked malt into the finish. Smokiness is most prominent in the finish and aftertaste where it lingers with some charred oak and more vanilla.

M: Mouthfeel on this one is amazing. Heavy, thick, super smooth and creamy. Sweet without being cloying. Viscous. Just wonderful. Might be the best of all time or at least in recent memory.

O: I am not a fan of smoked anything but this beers pull it off better than most. The heavy body and intense complexity really causes it to meld nicely instead of standing out like an ashtray dropped into your beer. The body on this one is absolutely incredible. It's hard to describe really. It's just got the right level of heaviness, viscosity and creaminess that makes it a dream as soon as you take a sip. Wonderful. Makes for an especially drinkable 13% barrel aged smoked stout!

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2014 05:06:48 | More by Dope
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boilermakerbrew

Missouri

4.66/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A- Pours black as night with a small, tan head. Retention is ok, but lacing is pretty good. Not too much to say here, as it looks like most impy stouts do.

S- Lots of smoke, burnt malts, and just a touch of barrel there. Really a complex and unique nose here. There is some evidence of Belgian yeast I think.

T- Starts off smokey and burnt in the flavor department. The barrel flavor shows off a little bit of oak and more burnt flavor, with very little vanilla to speak of. Barrel is really subdued compared to the smokiness. Lingering barrel spiciness on the palate.

M- Smooth and think on the palate. Alcohol is the big hitter here, but it is hidden very well.

Overall, my favorite smoked beer to date. Really smooth, complex, and not too much barrel to overtake the flavors of the base beer. Next step. find the variants.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2014 00:09:52 | More by boilermakerbrew
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Treyliff

West Virginia

4.69/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

From the bottle to an oversized wine glass, Monk's Cafe Philladelphia

A- pours pitch black with a big frothy light-tan colored head that retains nicely, leaving thick lacing around the glass as it settles.

S- lots of bitter-sweet dark chocolate aromas with a big smoked cherrywood presence, spicy rye adds a subtle peppery notes, oaky bourbon juice kicks in just before closing with more chocolate and cherrywood

T- big chocolate notes up front mesh with just enough smoky malt, complimented by a prominent cherrywood flavor. Spicy rye kicks in, followed by a subtle-yet-smooth bourbon flavor with some toasted oak notes, adding a hint of vanilla. The bourbon is more of a compliment, rather than a focus, which works nearly perfectly. More chocolate kicks in on the finish with a long linger of dark cherry

M- medium-heavy body with low carbonation leads to a creamy and silky mouthfeel with an absolute smooth finish. I can't believe that this beer is nearly 14% ABV, as it drinks more like 8%.

O- so impressed with this one, the smokiness of the malt mesh so well with the chocolate flavors, the rye adds a nice spiciness and the bourbon is perfectly integrated. This is the best beer I've had in a while

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2014 13:16:29 | More by Treyliff
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JohnnyHopps

Indiana

4.85/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance - Black like well used motor oil. A slight mocha head lined the sides of the glass.

Smell - The bourbon aroma comes to the front, but the acidity of the smoke is also very present.

Taste - There is a lot going on here. Smoke, bourbon, burnt sugar, sweet malt, raisin, and sweet syrup. What is absolutely remarkable about this one is how well balanced the smoke and bourbon go together, like they were made for each other. The sweet malt backbone makes both stand out all the better. In the aftertaste, the bourbon warms nicely amid the mild bite of bourbon.

Mouthfeel - This is a thick and sticky stout that clings nicely to the roof and sides of the mouth. Remarkably smooth, there is nothing harsh about this one.

Overall - I do not say this lightly. Seek this beer. It is one of the most remarkable beers I have had in quite some time.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2014 17:02:00 | More by JohnnyHopps
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joeseppy

Illinois

4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours extremely dark brown to pitch black. Generous mocha head and moderate lacing.

Aroma initially chocolate icing. Smokehouse meat, sweet malt, trace bourbon, cherry syrup and vanilla.

My initial taste is reminiscent of smoked bacon. Once I get past that, uh hmm, smooth bourbon heat ensues. I definitely pick up on cherry, corn syrup, vanilla and charred oak. Can charred oak be appealing? I dunno. The bourbon is one of the finest/smoothest blended with a stout, can't say enough.

Mouthfeel is thick and creamy. Carbonation is ample. Sticky residue on the lips.

Without the smokiness this would be an absolute near perfect. If you love smoke this is for you to try. I knew this was smoky before I picked this up but I love trying things I may not find appealing. All in all this is spectacular in its own right. Not necessarily turning me into Rauchbier territory but glad I tried.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2014 22:03:54 | More by joeseppy
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Jeffo

Netherlands

3.13/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Got this as a surprise bottle from claaark13 a while back. Cheers dude! Was always a huge Duke Boys fan when I was a kid.

From a 750 into a snifter
Impossible orange wax on this one.

APPEARANCE: Pours out clear brown and yields a two finger, looser looking, light tan head with very good retention. Clear bistre brown in color with higher levels of carbonation for the style. Head slowly fades to a full wisp. A foamy ring remains until the end leaving a few dots of lacing down the glass. Too light in color and an average-at-best-head.

SMELL: Roasted and smoked malts with bourbon, coconut, sweet vanilla and dark chocolate on the nose. Light soy notes and smoked meat with touches of caramel and molasses as well. Very bold and nicely complex as well. Good stuff.

TASTE: Very different and relatively disappointing compared to the nose. Lots of caramel, licorice and soy sauce up front with bourbon and alcohol into the swallow. A big and lingering finish of bourbon, alcohol, smoked malts, coconut, vanilla and a hint of bitter dark chocolate as well. Licorice, smoked and roasted grain with bourbon and oak linger. Flavorful, but the licorice and soy flavors made it less pleasant than the nose. Doesn't quite match the complexity I'd expected.

PALATE: Slightly thinner body with higher levels of carbonation. Not really creamy, a touch prickly perhaps, goes down okay and finishes slightly mouth-coating. Some heat lingers. Sub par, unfortunately.

OVERALL: This was okay, but nothing special. Certainly glad I didn't bug people for the entire set of these. The nose was certainly nice, but the flavor didn't match the complexity I'd expected and the feel was too thin and carbonated for the style. Not a bad beer per se, just not something worth writing home about. Thanks again for the box claaark13. Always good times.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2014 15:16:34 | More by Jeffo
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GreesyFizeek

New York

4.59/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle purchased by stillmatic2232 from Oliver's in Albany, NY, shared and poured into two tulips. Thanks man!

I stare into the abyss as I look at the glass. So dark and black, like obsidian. A mocha-colored head rises up out of the abyss and sticks around for a while.

Aromas include coffee and roasted malts, a bit of smoke, and slight alcohol.

The taste is much the same, with additional hop bitterness, smooth bourbon sweetness, light char, campfire smoke, oak, caramel, coconut, and vanilla. Awesome!

Full and delicious mouthfeel here. Low but nice carbonation. Very drinkable for the ABV.

Awesome collaboration here, and one I hope to drink again.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2014 02:56:39 | More by GreesyFizeek
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mfnmbvp

Illinois

4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. Just got this bottle from the local beer store this week though, so I'm confident that it's fresh. My second beer from Against The Grain Brewery. My bottle lists a 13.00% abv, instead of 14.00% abv. The orange wax was extremely tough to conquer.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a dark woodsy brown; opaque black in the glass with three big fingers of beautiful dark tan mocha head. Excellent head retention for the high abv. Some very nice thick scattered lace. Looks excellent.

S - Initial blast of musty yeastiness, but then dark silky chocolate and dark roast takes over. Tart & earthy from the cherry wood. Subtle notes of smoke / char / leather. Chocolate. Vanilla. Fudge. Cookie dough. Caramel. Some booze fumes. Some orange citrus? A very complex and intricate aroma.

T - Silky chocolate, fudge, smooth vanilla, some bourbon booze heat, smoked malt / char, fruity orange / cherry tartness. And then more sticky fudgey vanilla goodness. Very complex, layered, and enjoyable. Mild alcohol astringency.

M - Mouthfeel is very good, if maybe a touch too thin. Perfect level of sweetness, booziness, and bitterness. Lingering dark roast on the palate. Medium full bodied with perfect carbonation.

Overall, a delicious barrel aged stout from Against The Grain Brewery. Very delicious and complex; there is a lot to ponder about with this one. Very drinkable for the high abv, but a nice warmer of an imperial sotut. A deliciously layered beer. Highly recommended.

Against The Grain Brewery Bo & Luke ---4.5/5

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2014 06:20:42 | More by mfnmbvp
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dar482

New York

4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The beer comes in a thick dark black color.

The aroma has big smoked malt, bacon, bourbon, chocolate.

The flavor follows with those notse. Sweetness of chocolate, coffee, fudge, vanilla. Then a baconey smokiness picks up and then the bourbon attacks and melds with it. Mouthfeel is medium full.

A great attempt at a bourbon barrel smoked beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2014 03:51:43 | More by dar482
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jeonseh

Indiana

4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark chocolate brown with a small milk chocolate head on tap

S - Bacon, chocolate, light smoke, salt, butterscotch pappy

T - Butterscotch, bourbon, vanilla, and dark chocolate before a salty bacon comes thru. Finish is dark, astrigent chocolate

M - Rich chocolate creaminess with a slight astringent finish and as well as dark chocolate thickness that lingers on in the finish

O - One of the better smoke beers I've had as the smoke blends well with the rest of the beer. It tastes like chocolate covered bacon with a light butterscotch pappy presence

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2014 22:22:24 | More by jeonseh
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arusso13

Connecticut

4.69/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Reviewed from notes. Enjoyed on-tap at The Owl Farm in Brooklyn.

A: One finger, quick fading khaki head. Pitch black in color.

S: Bourbon immediately hits you, giving way to coffee and chocolate. Faint smell of smoke.

T: Sweetness up front (think milk chocolate, caramel, toasted marshmallow), followed by slight bourbon notes (but very little burn). Smokiness plus added sweetness on the back end. Very drinkable despite it's high ABV.

M: Not as full-bodied as I would expect, little carbonation.

O: A very complex, well done BA stout. Worth seeking out if given the opportunity.

Serving type: on-tap

01-13-2014 17:41:37 | More by arusso13
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BMMillsy

Florida

4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle from trade. Big thanks goes out! After 10 minutes of battling the thick orange wax on this I finally got to pour it in my tulip glass. Pours dense black with a creamy one finger mocha head that sits and sits there and won’t go away. Aroma of bourbon, smoke, vanilla, bacon, oak, roast, and a tad of bittersweet chocolate. Flavor is big and smokey with plenty of bourbon and a hint of vanilla, then mid palate sees a good bit of molasses, dark fruit, raisins, bitter chocolate, and finally a finish with more smoke and oaky bourbon tones. Much more fruit character than I expected. Rich silky mouthfeel, heavy bodied, with low to medium carbonation. A nice beer and excellent smoke-bourbon integration. I was hoping for a bit more rich chocolate or vanilla but overall a very nice and rich treat for the last day of my winter holiday break.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2014 01:12:48 | More by BMMillsy
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BarryMFBurton

Indiana

4.49/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I’ve heard great things about this beer, and about Against the Grain in general; thankfully, I was able to snag a bottle when a case of this stuff showed up in town. I’ve been waiting for some real down time to crack it open, and now I’ve got nothing to do but enjoy a great drink – cheers!

A: Pours fizzy and without that thick syrupiness you’d expect in such a huge stout: the head, though fleeting, is no more than a dark brown collection of popping bubbles when present. Interesting. Pitch black body.

S: Bacon and booze, a winning combination. Actually, it’s more of a honey-glazed ham note – sweet and meaty – among a menagerie of corn, cedar sawdust, and intense rye whiskey scents. If that was it, you could call it robust, but there’s much more there: charcoal, burnt toffee, Hershey’s syrup, and blackcurrant, among others. Every little space in this nose is filled with rich, complex aromatics.

T: A palate that’s brimming with delicate flavor; this is truly a gourmet beer. Dense, bittersweet fudge and toasty-sweet caramel corn provide a blanket of natural, earthy sugariness, first in line. The meaty char and salted pork tastes of smoked malt then start to creep up, giving contrast without becoming the dominant flavor. In fact, there is no dominant flavor to this beer – it’s balanced exceptionally well (and, thus, insanely drinkable). The middle is a duet of bold bourbon and wood, a mellow warmth. Toward the finish, the campfire starts to come out, causing an aftertaste as pleasing as ever: smooth smoke. This is an exquisite beer – it tastes just like fine chocolate, intricate and dark.

M: Full-bodied, but only to an extent: it has a subtly fizzy carbonation and a body that could be described as moderately-creamy. First impressions are that it’s a bit thin, actually, but it ends up filling out a little more as it warms. And for a beer that’s aged in bourbon for three months, its burn is pretty mellow. No fire from a whiskey as nice as Pappy, I guess.

O: Kentucky, meet Holland – wow, what a partnership! Bo & Luke is a meal in a glass (or at least dessert), and I certainly got my fill. Truly world-class beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2013 04:36:20 | More by BarryMFBurton
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maximum12

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a taster of this at the Great Taste of the Midwest & couldn't wait to try it again, one of the highlights of the day. Funniest part was running into a few of my young friends (hell, they're all young punks) & asking if he understood the "Bo & Luke" reference. Uh, no, they didn't. 750ML bottle, orange wax, interesting dead-inspired artwork. Oh, & thanks to incubuscience for this one!

First off, there's a special place in hell for breweries that wax bottles like this. It took eight minutes & a single Abrams round to knock off the six inches of accumulated wax. Finally, the damn beer. It's black. Moderately life. Nose brings moderate smokiness, peat, & vanilla. Not as aggressive as I recall, but hey, it's just a smell.

Bo & Luke used moonshine in the General Lee & thank goodness they didn't have this around for fuel. A smouldering peat bog hits the senses first & for a moment I think "uh oh all smoke no fire" but then we're sliding past, into a deep barrel character that delivers both whiskey & vanilla. Mid-palate lovely chocolate, light char, drying oak, & as a bonus, the vanilla comes along to finish up & lend a wicked smoothness that gives a big fat lie to the ABV number. My chest says 13%, my mouth says 4%. I suppose my head will feel it, eventually.

Not as transcendental as on tap, but a damn excellent beer, especially since my tastes don't run strongly to smoked malts. Was kind of hoping my wife wouldn't like her glass, but alas...I did, however, leave some in the bottom of the bottle to sneak...

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2013 02:54:22 | More by maximum12
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LiquidAmber

Washington

4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Reuben's Brew snifter. Pours a very dark brown, appearing opaque black in the glass, with a thin light brown head that dissipates leaving a thick ring around the glass and light lacing. Aroma of bourbon, dark toasted malt, vanilla and smokehouse smokiness. Flavor is rich, sweet toasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, bourbon with an overlay of wood smoke, very well balanced and integrated. Finishes with a bit of bourbon booziness, smoke and nice hop bitterness. Medium bodied with light creaminess. A very smooth, nicely balanced bourbon imperial stout. Not as heavy bodied as expected, but the flavors more than compensate. Smoke is deftly done. Alcohol is well covered, but this is definitely warming and carries a punch. Well done, and glad I stumbled on a bottle of this uncommon beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2013 04:02:47 | More by LiquidAmber
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jaasen64

Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle poured into HF fest class. First beer of Donfrap's birthday tasting, also first beer of the 4 bottle set.

A- Pours a translucent brown but appears opaque black in the glass with some translucency around the edges. Slight mocha head that recedes fairly fast leaving some light lacing that slides back into the glass. Appears a bit thinner then I was expecting being a 14% stout.

S- Smoked meat is pretty apparent with smoked ham and smoked wood, faint chocolate malts in the background and faint sweet bourbon. Fairly aromatic with a nice balance.

T- Sweet nicely integrated bourbon balanced with smoked meat, a bit of wood, smooth dark chocolate that comes out a bit more on the finish.

M- Nice carbonation, very smooth, a tiny bit thinner then I was expecting but body fits nicely.

O- This beer was a little bit smoker and thinner then I was expecting but overall this beer was fantastic. The booze was very well hidden and the flavors came out nicely. Definitely worth trying and looking forward to trying the variants next.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2013 20:03:08 | More by jaasen64
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DrewskiWhit

Indiana

4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A looks like a double. Huge legs on this one, tho all these big stouts basically look the same

S vanilla, bourbon & some dark fruits. The nose could be bigger but as it is its very nice

T really nice barrel flavors on this one. Some imperial stout bitterness but the barrel is huge. Its very complex and changed quite drastically as it warmed. Not a big fan of smokey beers but this is done really well. The lingering aftertaste is mostly imperial stout.

M its a bit thin but I think it helps to make the beer more drinkable.

O this is quite a unique beer. Its part imperial stout part old ale part quad. The barrel character is huge. Not my favorite BA stout but still very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2013 04:36:05 | More by DrewskiWhit
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MacQ32

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - pours damn near black with a finger of rich chocolate head. OK retention, decent lacing.

S - Tons of smoked bacon, definitely dominates. SK.e sweet vanilla booze and chocolate as well

T - Super smokey, some mild vanilla and chocolate. More Smokey dark fruits at finish/aftertaste

M - medium/full bodied minimal carb. Pretty ideal

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2013 01:47:20 | More by MacQ32
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pjkelley82

New York

4.88/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this at a bottle share on 10/21/13... thanks Joe For Bringing this bottle and getting to try it without opening mine...lol..

Right before we tried this beer there were 3 comments made(from non smoke beer lovers) about how smoked beers are overly smokey.. just had smoke from the oak mind you... this beer settled all their worries....

Listen.... screw A, S, T, M, O.... this is "the" Imperial Stouts of smoked beers... whatever that pappy van winkle is...keep it.. it does wonders for this beer... its a supremely goos stout base with subtle smoke flavors... everything is so smooth and so well put together... I can't say enough about this brew and is definitely a must try...

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2013 01:09:26 | More by pjkelley82
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KYGunner

Kentucky

4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured viscous and smooth with virtually no carbonation in the body this stout had an opal like hue. The head was thick and brown and rose slowly from the top until it muffined above the rim.

The aromas were chocolatey with some strong malt character. Vinous fruit and bourbon provide almost a texture to the scent.

The flavor is incredibly diverse with constantly changing complexity at every sip. The chocolate is certainly the backbone with caramel, praline and molasses. I also caught glimpses of chocolate covered cherries, honeycomb, pecan, maple, woodsy oak, vanilla and ever so slight dry coconut. The dried fruitiness was evident but I was unable to identify just which ones. With all that I still tasted some strong malt and a hint of bourbon.

The feel was a tad astringent with a piney metallic aftertaste and feel. The overall feel was not nearly as thick and viscous as the appearance would suggest.

This is a fantastic beer with all the subtleties and nuances beer lovers look for and proof that ATG is the real deal.

Serving type: on-tap

09-26-2013 23:24:33 | More by KYGunner
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tectactoe

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Mike for splitting this gem! A smoked beer aged in Pappy barrels... what could go wrong? Pours a deep brown, teetering on the edge of black, but certainly not there just yet. The beer sits, thick and still with a quickly receding head that's a few hues lighter than tan. No lacing left on the glass; just the slightest bit of alcohol legging upon swirling.

Bo & Luke hits your nostrils like a sack of potatoes; nothing to hide, here. Rustic, woody smoke, both meaty and peaty, mild liquid sweet smoke, oak, smooth and warming bourbon, a bit of underlying, sweet roasted malt, and even a little bit of caramel and/or brown sugar. A very old times-y feeling brew with lots to offer. The oak, the smoke, the meat, the bourbon... a unique combination of aromas - I'm digging it so far.

Pleasantly warm bourbon greets my taste buds with the first sip; none other than Pappy Van Winkle. No, I wouldn't have been able to guess "Pappy" just from the taste, but knowing this fact afterwards helps to justify the smoothness. Sweet, liquid smoke, a subtle campfire woodiness, light cocoa malt mixed with burnt, roasty malt... The taste, much like the aroma, has so much to offer that it would be easy to overlook something if you don't pay attention!

Very smoky, woody (oaky) and lightly sweet in the finish with a touch of cocoa, while the mild bourbon warmth is left, lingering in the back of your through. Yeah, the warmth is there, but it's surprisingly drinkable for 14% ABV. Medium bodied... I would expect heavier or thicker for the style, but it works well here; borderline sticky, with a lasting mouth coating that'll keep you tasting smoke and bourbon for a while.

When Mike first pulled this out and told us what it was... I didn't really know what to expect. But damn, this beer was pretty tasty. Like sitting around a warm campfire, smoking some delicious meats and taking a few shots of bourbon. Smooth, warm, oaky bourbon. I don't think I've had anything quite like this before, so it definitely gets brownie points for uniqueness. Tasty and drinkable considering the style - thanks again, Mike!

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2013 00:30:06 | More by tectactoe
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Bo & Luke from Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
95 out of 100 based on 354 ratings.